PV Sindhu lost her first match in the group stage of the World Tour Finals in Thailand.© AFP
India’s shuttle player BV Sindhu stumbled on Tuesday in her first World Tour finals group stage match against world number one Tai Tzu-ying in Taiwan. Tai Tzu-ying beat Sinde 19-21, 21-12, 21-17 to gain some winning momentum before her next match. The 25-year-old Sindh won the first match 21-19, and it was an uphill competition with both participants going back and forth, but in the end, the Indian striker won the first match to gain a slight advantage.
However, the second match got off to a contradictory start as Tzu-ying changed her fortunes and kept pressure on Sindhu from the start. The Taiwanese volleyball player took a 11-4 lead in the second half, leaving Sindh looking for answers. In the end, Tzu-ying went on to win the second match with a score of 21-12, entering the match in the third and decisive match.
In the end, Sindhu was unable to maintain her composure and eventually ended up losing the third match.
PV Sindhu is the only Indian to win the BWF World Tour Final as she has come a long way in 2018.
Later in the day, Kedambi Srikanth will also be in the first round of the World Tour Finals. Kidambi and Sindu are the only two players from India to participate in the current tournament.
The tournament is played by eight top-ranked players in the World Tour rankings in each of the five events: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
The eight entries are then divided into two groups of four. Group matches are played in a round-robin format, with the best contestants in each group advancing to the semi-finals.
Sindh was knocked out of the Thailand Open after losing to Ratchanuk Intanon in the quarter-final match last week while Srikanth withdrew from the tournament after his roommate Sai Pranith tested positive for the coronavirus.
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